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Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at the University of Maryland prepares graduates to be socially engaged and technologically focused information professionals, ready to create, educate, and innovate. With its unique location mere miles from Washington DC, the MLIS degree at Maryland's iSchool offers unparalleled opportunities to work with government agencies, non-profits, international organizations, and an amazing range of world-renowned libraries, museums, and archives.

The iSchool is a leader in the field of library and information science education, offering prominent programs of study in Archives and Digital Curation, School Libraries, and Legal Informatics, while also advancing LIS education by developing unique programs in Youth Experience, Intelligence and Analytics, and Diversity and Inclusion. Students are able to attain their degrees online, in-person, or through a hybrid approach. Our online students benefit from the same advanced curriculum and faculty/staff support as their in-person peers.

The combination of responsive coursework, innovative programs, a faculty of noted scholars and professional leaders, and opportunities available only within this region makes an MLIS degree from the University of Maryland an excellent starting point for a career. Our commitment to the career success of students is reflected in the very strong placement rate of graduates with full-time jobs in the profession, many of them in the Washington, DC area.

To learn a little more about our students, visit our About MLIS Students page.

The MLIS degree program is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).


Ranked #8 in the USA for Best Library and Information Studies Programs.
Specialization national rankings:
#5 Archives & Preservation 
#8 Digital Librarianship
#5 Information Systems
#5 School Library Media
#5 Services for Children & Youth
Ranked by the US News & World Report


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